Saturday, May 12, 2012
Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011) review
Really Jim Carrey? Really?
PLOT:Mr. Popper (Jim Carrey) is just a normal, successful business man with somewhat of a broken family. One day, his life changes when his father sends him a crate that contains penguin, whom he names Captain. He later calls his dad back saying that he wants to send the penguin back, but through a miscommunication, he sends him 7 more penguins! Now Mr. Popper must struggle to work his way around all 8 of the goofy penguins, his business, and his family. The plot's a basic childlike idea executed generically.
ACTING:The acting wasn't horrible, but it wouldn't win an Academy Award either. Jim Carrey did a decent job with his usual brand of comedic overacting, but not even that could save him from such a screenplay. The other decent performances were from Angela Landsbury as Mrs. Van Gundy and Ophelia Lovibond as Pippi.
SCORE:The score was as generic as the movie itself. Nothing to shed a tear about.
OTHER CONTENT:This movie was one of Carrey's worst endeavors, and this is coming from one of his devoted fan. I mean, what was he thinking? The title initiates something odd, so maybe he went for it. It's almost as bad a mistake as Bill Murray in Garfield (though he at least played the part distinctly). The words I could use to describe this movie aren't great: dreadful, generic, stupid, etc. This isn't the worst I've seen, however. This movie did have some clever moments, it did have a decent emotional impact, and the penguins were actually pretty cute. This movie's pretty bad, but it isn't the worst thing by far.
OVERALL,a neutral-feeling movie with a generically childlike plot, decent acting, horrible screenplay, and generic score, but it did have some clever moments, a decent emotional impact, and cute animal moments.